Welcome To The
Lawrence County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Lawrence County Extension Office is at your service!
Agriculture is big business in Lawrence County. Close to 200,000 acres were dedicated to row crops in 2016. The major crops grown in the county are rice and soybeans. Over 100,000 acres of rice were grown in 2016 and 65,000 acres of soybeans. In addition to rice and soybeans, corn, peanuts, grain sorghum, and wheat are also grown. The market value of Ag products produced in Lawrence County is estimated at just over $149 million dollars.
11th Annual 4-H Summer Day Camp 2016
Join us for a walk on the wild side at the annual 4-H Day Camp to be held at Lake Charles State Park on June 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Camp starts at 10 AM each morning and will last until 3 PM. This year's topics include; Wildlife Conservation, Junk Drawer Mechanics, Food, Fun & Fitness with Yoga, Compass & Orienteering along with games, swimming and water games at the end of each day. The cost is $30.00 and includes lunch, snacks,and supplies for all three days and a t-shirt!
Registration deadline is June 1st and space is limited to the first 30 who register.
Come and join the fun!
Photo: Day Camp Participant
Lawrence County Community and Economic Development
Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership program graduated sixteen youth representing all of the Lawrence county schools in 2014. This Community and Economic Development program is the result of community volunteers, Lawrence County Extension, and the Dr. Ralph Joseph family’s efforts to train the county’s youth to become leaders and donate back to their communities. Topics for the eight-session program consisted of community assessment, communications, team work, etiquette, decision making, project reports, and diversity. Community services included a basketball tournament to raise money for a local cancer patient; raising money to purchase coats for elementary students; repair of playground facilities; and the restoration of a community park. . Approximately 16% of the twenty year program's graduates have returned to live and work in the local community and have established their own businesses, served on school boards, and worked as teachers or principals in our county schools.
Photo: Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Group 2014 at the State Capitol in Little Rock
Lawrence County 4-H Citizenship/Leadership Program
The purpose of this program was to introduce students to local, county and city government. The speakers for the program included County Judge Dale Freeman, County Clerk Tina Stowers, State Representative James Ratliff, and Justice of the Peace Jim Jones.
This program was conducted in two Lawrence County schools. The first program was conducted at Sloan Hendrix High School with the Junior Class.The students went on a field trip to Little Rock where they were given a morning tour of the State Capital by Mr. James Ratliff. Representative Ratliff briefly discussed voting procedures and legislation specific to their districts.
The Second Program was held for the Senior Class at Hoxie High School. The students who were 18 had the opportunity to register to vote. The speakers for this program were County Judge Dale Freeman, County Clerk Tina Stowers, and State Representative James Ratliff. The students participated in a debate over the issue of their choice, which was the wet/dry issue. After a lengthy discussion, the issue failed 50-2. A verbal poll was taken at the end of the program asking the students if they would consider running for office in the future. Three students said that they would like to run for office at some point.
Photo: 4-H Citizenship group standing on the steps at the Arkansas State Capitol building
wearing yellow t-shirts.
Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Classes
Youth ages 11 - 15 can learn to cook at the Kids in the Kitchen Classes to be held May 31 - June 3rd from 10 AM to 12 noon. Classes will be held at the Ralph Joseph Education Building in Walnut Ridge. Call the Lawrence County Extension Office for more information. There is no cost to attend. These classes are sponsored by Lawrence Health Service and the University of Arkansas Research and Extension. Limited space is available.
Photo: Logo for Kids in the Kitchen
2016 Farm Family of the Year
Through coordination of the County Extension Office and Arkansas Farm Bureau, several organizations and individuals are brought together every year to determine a county farm family. Rickey and Virginia Goff of Smithville were chosen as the 2016 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year. Virginia was raised on a livestock farm in Randolph County and Rickey was raised on a livestock farm in Lawrence County, and they both enjoyed working with livestock. They met in college, getting married in 1970. In 1974 bought their first farm of 108 acres and began raising feeder pigs and had a cow/calf operation. At the time they began farming both were teaching school. This enabled them to both do farm chores in the afternoons and during the summers. In 1984, Rickey began working with ASCS (now FSA); therefore Virginia and their sons Kevin and Keith took over more of the responsibilities and work pertaining to the farm.
Photo: Rickey & Virginia Goff with sons Kevin and Keith, daughter-in-law Tina and
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